2015 in review

  

 I first started writing this blog in mid January 2015 (so I guess I’m coming up for my first birthday! You can read that post here) to encourage myself to do more with the year. So, I gave myself a list of things, goals, if you like, that I wanted to achieve in 2015.

  1. #strongnotskinny

 

Well, I’m not sure that I ended 2015 in the same league as the likes of Jessica Ennis and Victoria Pendleton. But, in the summer I recruited the services of a personal trainer. He taught me about nutrition and weight training and yeah, I did start to build muscle. I almost had a glimpse of an ab, my shoulders broadened slightly and I was very close to being able to do an unassisted press-up. The training ended shortly before October when I did the Cardiff Half Marathon (where I raised over £400 for Bloodwise. I was probably in the best shape of my life then and I loved it.

  
I’m keeping this goal in 2016, I’ll keep running and might do another half marathon, I’m going to go back to weight training (I WILL achieve that unassisted press-up!!), and I’ve got a kickboxing trial next week. I also want to do more swimming, maybe even a duathlon somewhere (the swim and running parts of a triathlon, I’m not getting on a bike).

 

  1. Be creative more

I’ve managed to maintain my blog for a year (yey, go me!) and earlier in the year I took a life drawing class. It didn’t go much further than that, but when I was at home over Christmas I found all my old notebooks. They were filled with short stories and novel ideas, even the odd poem and do you know what?? They were actually quite good. It made me feel a little sad that I used to write so much because I loved it and somewhere along the line I just stopped… I guess I grew up and life and just being an adult kind of gets in the way, doesn’t it? So, for 2016? I’m going to write my novel. It’ll probably take the full year, but that’s okay. So, yeah, I guess I’m taking this one with me into 2016 too.

  1. Watch less TV

I won’t lie and say that I didn’t waste a few Sundays lying in bed binge-watching the latest series of Suits or desperately trying to figure out who A was in Pretty Little Liars on Netflix, but there has definitely been improvement. When I was training for the half marathon, Sunday was my long run day (long as in, leaving the house and knowing you won’t be back for two hours and all you’re doing is running…) then I’d come home and do some blogging or reading. I guess now I’ll be working on my novel instead J

  1. Read more

 

I definitely did this. I joined a book club too, so I guess I read at least a book a month since then. My favourite book of the year was (surprise, surprise!) historical fiction; Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli. It told the story of a young homeless kid in Warsaw during the war and the persecution of the Jews. It was slow starting, but soon enough I realised I was hooked and, well, I can’t lie, there were tears. I’m still in the book club, the next meeting is in a couple of weeks and we’re reading The Bees by Laline Paull, have you read it? I’m also looking at joining a second, what can I say, I love books! So I need to try and read Shogun by James Clavell by the end of January too.

 

  1. Do more

2015 was the year I turned 30, so it was always going to be a big one. Things I managed to tick off the list; I went to New York (this was literally a lifelong dream, and I still can’t believe I went and can’t wait to be able to go again), I had a girly caravan holiday where I learned to surf (well I took one lesson, but I intend to do it again this summer. I almost stood up too!), I camped at my first ever weekend festival (Fieldview, I CANNOT WAIT to see you again this year!) and I ran my first ever half marathon and actually enjoyed it.

For 2016, I will continue to ‘do more’ and keep my butt from wasting away on the sofa. So, if you need me; I’ll be working towards my fitness goals (hopefully), making healthy meals and posting pics of them on Instagram (I might even start posting recipes on the blog, should I?), running another half marathon, I’ll likely have my nose in a book (all recommendations are welcome!) and when I’m not doing all of that, I’ll be working on my masterpiece (or at least a first draft of a mediocre story that could potentially be my masterpiece one day).

This was very nearly a ‘new year, new me’ post, but I think I’ll be the same me I was in 2015. But that me was striving towards achieving long term goals and those goals still stand. So… New year, ‘still improving’ me?? 
I hope you have exciting 2016 plans!

  

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  1. A damn good year really Gem. I dread to think what my year in review would look like. I set myself one, basic goal; learn to drive. Have I done that? No.

    I’ve read The Bees and found it quite unusual so am interested to see what you think. Sad I can’t come to book club but will be at a conference. I think recipes on the blog would be good. 🙂 And writing a novel sounds really exciting!

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    1. Did you take any lessons??
      I’m half way through The Bees, not really sure how I feel about it…
      I’ve wanted to write a novel since I was about 12 and I’ve been mulling over an idea for about 5 years now, time I actually put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard…)

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